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Horse Shoe Brewery, 268 Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Greater London

Horse Shoe Brewery, 268 Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Greater London
Photograph taken 20 Feb 1906 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BL19305

A view looking across Tottenham Court Road towards the Horse Shoe Brewery, premises of Meux's Brewery Company Limited. The Horse Shoe Brewery was the source of the 1814 London Beer Flood when a huge vat within the brewery failed, resulting in over 323,000 imperial gallons of porter spilling into the surrounding streets. Nine people died as a result of the flood. Eight of these deaths were caused by drowning or the effects of falling debris from damaged buildings. One person died the following day from alchohol poisoning. The Bedford Lemere daybook records Kelihers as the clients for this photograph.